When you’ve got a good thing going, don’t break from the formula. That seems to be the method of Belgian broadcaster RTBF, who have again turned to The Voice Belgique for their Eurovision act. The broadcaster confirmed this morning that The Voice 2018 alum Eliot Vassamillet will represent Belgium at Eurovision 2019.
After much media speculation in the past 24 hours, RTBF finally confirmed the news in a press statement issued this morning.
Eliot follows former The Voice Belgique turned Eurovision stars Roberto Bellarosa, Loïc Nottet and Blanche, as well as The Voice van Vlaanderen star Laura Tesoro.
Who is Eliot Vassamillet?
In line with previous Belgian acts, he’ll be going by a mononym in Israel. But whereas Blanche and Sennek went with something new, he’ll just be sticking with Eliot.
High-school student Eliot is just 18 years old but already has vital experience singing live on television. Eliot took part in the 2018 season of The Voice Belgique. There he made it through to the live shows as part of Slimane‘s team, and was said to impress the French singer with the “power, ease and sensitivity” of his audition.
Eliot didn’t make it past the first round of the lives, however, with his performance of Jean-Louis Aubert’s “Alter Ego” not enough to keep him in the contest.
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That’s not exactly a bad thing though: Blanche herself didn’t make it too deep into her season of The Voice. It didn’t matter in Kyiv, where she finished a convincing fourth place with “City Lights”.
And some of the “City Lights” magic could be helping Eliot in Tel Aviv too. Award-winning musician Pierre Dumoulin, one of the co-writers of Blanche’s entry, will pen Eliot’s song.
Explaining why he was keen to work with Eliot, Dumoulin says, “The moment I saw Eliot’s blind audition, I felt he had that little something extra that I look for in an artist, the sensitivity and fragility which are so necessary to convey emotion.”
But while the artist has been confirmed today, we won’t hear anything for a while from Eliot or his song. The broadcaster says it will reveal more at an event in late February.
RBTF at Eurovision
RBTF — the broadcaster for French-speaking Belgium — is responsible for the country’s Eurovision representative every second year, alternating with Flemish broadcaster VRT.
Whilst Belgium’s three-year run in the top ten as came to an end thanks to Sennek’s semi-final elimination in Lisbon, RTBF has its own streak going.
RTBF artists Loic Nottet and Blanche both finished fourth, with “Rhythm Inside” and “City Lights” respectively. Those are two mighty acts and songs to have to follow!
What do you think of RTBF’s choice? Do you think Eliot has what it takes to get Belgium back in the final and inside the top five? Let us know all your thoughts in the comments section below.